September 14, 2014
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"From Amarillo by Morning to Amazing Grace" is not just one of Clifton Jansky's single releases in Christian Country music, but it is his life story. One of the lines in the song says, "Little did I know, God had a plan that was bigger than Tennessee." As a young boy growing up in South Texas, Clifton's dream was to stand on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry with the big boys and sing. He had his first band at the age of eleven, and recorded his first record at the age of seventeen. Clifton was so successful in South Texas that Country music was his sole source of income for 22 years. As a mainstream country artist, he had twelve records on country radio including a regional hit on "Amarillo by Morning" three years before George Strait. Clifton opened shows for Gary Morris, Lee Greenwood, Tanya Tucker, Eddie Rabbitt, and Holly Dunn. It seemed as if he was one song away from really hitting the big times, but in reality Clifton was one prayer away from changing his life and his dreams forever.
After his band trailer was stolen and a marriage ended in divorce, Clifton began to go to a Bible study in January,1984 at the age of 27. For the first time Clifton heard the Word of God and that God had a plan for His life. It took a little while for all the information to drop that eighteen inches from his head to his heart, but it finally did. On May 3, 1984 he took his eyes off his yesterdays and his future dreams and put his faith in Jesus Christ and was overwhelmingly saved by God's Amazing Grace. " I felt like I weighed three ounces after praying that prayer, and I've never been the same since."
Though Clifton has been singing and entertaining all of his life, he is a newcomer to Christian Country Music. He released his first single " Heart Transplant" to Christian Country radio in August, 2000, and it became his first #1 Song. In November, 2001 Clifton stood and sang on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium at the Christian Country Music Association Awards Show in Nashville. God fulfilled the dream of a six year old boy to sing on that stage and a few minutes later, Clifton was awarded with the 2001 CCMA New Artist of the Year. Clifton has since been awarded 2002 CCMA Male Vocalist of the Year, 2004 CCMA Entertainer of the Year as well as 2005 CCMA Songwriter of the Year. Clifton has had six number one singles in Christian Country Music and looks at the success as a door that God has opened to allow his message and music to be heard by a large number of radio listeners across the country and around the world through the internet.
Clifton is on the road and in the air for Jesus. He sings and speaks wherever God rings his phone to go. He has traveled overseas with International Evangelist Sammy Tippit to England, Macedonia, Siberia and Scotland and has also sung in three different languages in stadium crusades in Romania and the former Soviet Union. He ministers in the prisons and jails of this land with Bill Glass, as well as doing revivals, concerts, banquets and rodeos for everyone who rings his phone. Clifton states, "I am now doing what God created me to do. My heart is to go where the people are and share God's love through my music and my life so that they can take the ride From Amarillo by Morning to Amazing Grace just like me."
Clifton still resides in San Antonio, Texas. He has been in full-time ministry for over 24 years now and has committed his life to going where the people are and giving them the opportunity to give their lives to the Jesus who has totally and dramatically changed his life.